Deaths in Music on October 12

  • 1692 Giovanni Battista Vitali, composer, dies at 60
  • 1794 James Lyon, American composer, dies at 59
  • 1797 Pierre de Jelyotte, composer, dies at 84
  • 1817 Johann Franz Xaver Sterkel, composer, dies at 66
  • 1865 William Vincent Wallace, composer, dies at 53
  • 1924 Monroe A Althouse, composer, dies at 71
  • 1966 Arthur Vincent Lourie, composer, dies at 74
  • 1971 Gene Vincent, rocker, dies of bleeding ulcers at 36
  • 1974 Joseph Frederick Wagner, composer, dies at 74
  • 1976 Jose Rozo Contreras, Colombian composer, dies at 82
  • 1982 Chris[tiaan R] Reumer, Dutch opera singer, dies at 73
  • 1985 Ricky Wilson, rock guitarist (B-52's), dies of AIDS at 32
  • 1989 Franco, [Francis Luambo/"Makiadi"], Zaire composer/music, dies at 51
  • 1989 Carmen Cavallaro, American actor and pianist (Hollywood Canteen, Diamond Horseshoe), dies from prostate cancer at 76
  • 1995 Eleanor Aller, cellist, dies at 78
  • 1996 Vernon Elliott, British composer and bassoonist, dies at 84

Person of interestJohn Denver

1997 John Denver, American country music star (Country Boy), dies in a plane crash at 53

Country Singer John Denver
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  • 2002 Ray Conniff, American bandleader and musician (Ray Conniff Singers), dies at 85
  • 2009 Dickie Peterson American musician (b. 1948)